I was moving a SBS 2003 Domain to a Server 2008 R2 Domain. I wanted to reuse the physical SBS server by erasing it and making it the new PDC. I setup a new server in a hyper v machine, then made it a DC and transfered the FSMO roles to it. I then waited about 24 hours for all things to migrate. Then, i forgot to check that before i erased and setup the new server on the old box. After a few hours i was having some funky dns issues and found a warning in the DNS Log Event ID: 4013 Source: DNS which says: " The DNS Server is waiting for the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to signal that the initial syncronization of the driectory has been completed. The DNS server service cannot start until the initial syncronization is complete... .... ... This event will be logged every two minutes until the AD DS has signaled that the intial sycronization has successfully completed".
At this point i tried to do a number of things manually to fix the funky DNS issues i was having, all to no avail. I couldnt even get that DC to connect to the internet or to the DC in our second office which is connected via VPN. The DC in the second office now thinks its master is the new 2008 Server.
So i restored my backup of the SBS 2003 server and which made everything work for file access and printing and the like for Monday morning when staff arrived. However this morning the sbs2003 server started getting this error: Event ID: 1012 Source: SBCore which states: "Multiple domain controllers running Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server have been detected in your domain. This computer will shut down in 30 minutes unless you remove all but one of these from the domain." This is because the two domain controllers think they are the master now. And i cannot reassign the FSMO roles to the old server. I did use the ntdsutil to run the seige commands from the sbs server but this doesnt appear to help. That server say's it seiged them but both servers still think they are the master and the DC in our second office still sees the new server as its operations master. All local clients are authenticating against the new DC instead of the SBS server. I have tried to demote the new server but get the message that "You did not indicate that this Active Directory domain controller is the last domain controller for the domain "mydomain.local". However, no other Active Directory domain controllers for that domain can be contacted. Do you want to proceed anyway?" I am hestiant to say yes to that as I fear this will make nobody be able to authenticate to the domain and access resources.
I am wondering if the following is a good option or if someone can point me in a direction.
Is it possible to transfer the zones for DNS from the SBS 2003 to the Server 2008 machine? and if so how? I am fairly sure this is the only thing I'm missing to make things work right. Then I could erase the old machine again and install Server 2008 R2, add it to the domain and make it the PDC again.
Thoughts? Questions? Sarcasm? Tongue Lashing?
All are welcome.
Thanks In advance.